Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Vocal Ratings: The Changes Coming and How They Could Be Improved

I have been absolutely delighted at how well the site has been perceived so far from public sources, and a defining characteristic of Critic Of Music that sets the site apart are the Vocal Ratings. This highly controversial method of organizing singers has played a role in the growth of the site as a whole, and in order to address the criticism and hopefully fix the concerns, I issue this post.

I have seen some posts recently (namely one on ATRL and Exhale), read through the comments and took some time to re-evaluate the position of some singers. Unfortunately, Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani were dropped from B-List to C-List as a result of the comments, while Ariana Grande takes a fall from grace, as she drops from a Star, to an A-Lister. For some artists, they can rejoice with the heavens above, as Lady Gaga and Florence Welch take a lift from B-List to A-List. Some artists have been put more directly on my radar in terms of moving up or down, but I'm confident enough in my analysis's of their voice to keep them where they are (this includes Justin Bieber and Britney Spears).

That being said, I do want to have more voices to be heard when it comes to Vocal Ratings, and to perhaps have a different method of grading them. I have begun putting Google Docs polls on the Vocal Profiles (I did say begun, it is taking a while) so I can see peoples inputs on a bigger and better scale. Second, I'm going to re-evaluate the way I grade artists. I will probably have it based on a points system, where for example, 45+ points equals a star ranking while 35-44 points equals an A-List rating etc. Or if there is another idea submitted for grading or ranking an artists vocals, I may use that idea.

Thank you for reading and comment below if you have anything to add!